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The Veterans Disability Benefits Claims Backlog Has Been Reduced

The Veterans Disability Benefits Claims Backlog Has Been Reduced

by Norris Injury Lawyers | December 3rd, 2013

December 3, 2013

With a growing number of soldiers returning from service with injuries leaving them unable to work, the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) has recorded an increased number of claims for compensation and assistance. The Birmingham Veterans Disability Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers point out the increase in claim volume has led to a backlog in the claims approval process. This leaves many disabled veterans with little or no income resources during a lengthy waiting period.

Recently, the VA announced in a Press Release that it had significantly reduced the size of the claims backlog. Furthermore, VA officials stated the agency was on track to eliminate the backlog by 2015.

VA officials estimate the agency has reduced the size of the backlog by 34 percent since March 2013, slashing the number of claims awaiting decisions from approximately 611,000 to 400,835. This was accomplished by focusing on processing the oldest claims first.

Claims processors worked on processing cases that had awaited a decision for more than one year. An estimated 93 percent of those cases have now been processed, with an average approval rate ranging from 65 to 70 percent.

Norris Injury Lawyers and their team of Birmingham Personal Injury Attorneys applaud the efforts being made to improve the efficiency of the disability claims process and are hopeful the actions result in better service to our veterans.

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